Fife Matters: Sheku Bayoh inquiry will answer questions but won’t bring closure
Ever since news of Sheku Bayoh’s death in police custody, the rumours, accusations, information and misinformation have been swirling around the case. The police have pretty much kept close quarters, and that was to be expected with an investigation ongoing into the circumstances surrounding Mr Bayoh’s passing, while family members with high-profile solicitor Aamer Anwar acting as a spokesperson were not backwards in coming forwards demanding answers to their many questions. That too, is not a criticism, and is only to be expected from a family who have seen their loved one taken from them in what can only be described as mysterious circumstances.
Emergency services staff assaulted 19 times a day
Emergency service workers were assaulted more than 7000 times last year – the equivalent of 19 attacks per day. A total of 7098 common assaults were recorded against emergency services staff in 2018-19, including paramedics, firefighters and police officers. The figures are at a five-year high, up nearly 10% since 2014-15.
Child witnesses granted right to pre-record evidence from next year
Child witnesses in the most serious court cases will be able to give their evidence on a video recorded before the trial from early 2020. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf confirmed new regulations had been laid at Holyrood to introduce the measure. Being able to record testimony on video will spare youngsters the “trauma of giving evidence during a trial” Mr Yousaf said, as he announced the change would come in from January 20 next year.